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Old 03-15-2012, 07:23 AM   #1
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Just curious, if anyone knows the breakdown on what this money goes to. I'm sure that some goes into the prize pool, paying the reps, and to charity, but I'm just wondering what else.

I'm not making any accusations, or anything like that, I just would like to know.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:34 AM   #2
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It's different at every competition. Maybe some comp organizers can give you some examples.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:15 AM   #3
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Generator, rental of property, insurance, rental of equipment, tents, tables, chairs, ports potties, water
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:52 AM   #4
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Last year my contest had 33 teams, who paid on average $230. This equals about $7,600. We paid out $10,000 and probably another $1,000 on some kick-a$$ trophies and ribbons.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:55 AM   #5
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Add to the above list advertizing and space rental in some cases.

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:01 PM   #6
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Hopefully in my pocket. lol keith
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:27 PM   #7
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How does IBCA do it cheaper? Is it simply that the prizes are usually smaller?
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:46 PM   #8
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I've only done two comps, but at both of those, the total of all entry fees has been less than the payouts. Most of the other stuff you mention is paid for by sponsorships.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:08 PM   #9
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:21 PM   #10
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yea wouldn't that be nice. We always pay out more in prize money than we take in from entry fees. Everything else is paid out of sponsorships.
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Im sure Ron Cates , arlie Bragg etc do it "for the love of bbq"
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:35 PM   #12
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Im sure Ron Cates , arlie Bragg etc do it "for the love of bbq"

I know...what a bunch of jerks.
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:04 PM   #13
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Make a profit, I wish. We are lucky to pay our bills by the end of the competition. It is expensive to keep all the teams happy and the public. Our biggest profit is good public relations and satisfied competitors.
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:34 PM   #14
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(putting on my organizer hat now)

One of the challenges of having a BBQ contest is that it is quite difficult to make a profit. Many times I'm approached by charities who think they want to hold a contest as a fund-raiser and they end up changing their mind when they learn how much work is involved vs how much money is raised.

At the center of this is the fact that for all intents and purposes, these events are a private party for cooks and judges. Little is offered to the public beyond gawking at the teams unless you add other stuff to the sanctioned contest to get a full-fledge festival. Even so, the most successful events in these parts tend to be run with a "break-even attitude" where the goal is to promote tourism and community involvement rather than make money.

At the events I have organized, 75% or more of the cook team's entry fees go right back into cash prizes and trophies. The rest goes into sanctioning fees, Rep expenses, renting tents, tables & chairs, providing signage, power, water, trash service, ice, porta pots, t-shirts, copying of score sheets, security, advertising and a hundred other line items every contest requires. Of course the funds remaining from entry fees only makes a dent in these expenses, which is why corporate cash sponsorship is critical to the success of most events.

As cooks and judges, we do have out of pocket expenses, but we have to remember that in truth our hobby is being subsidised by the event sponsors and sometimes the public attendees, if a gate fee is charged. If we paid for all the costs ourselves, this expensive hobby would be even more costly!
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I know...what a bunch of jerks.
Point taken wrong, I see no problem with what they do. I admire it
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